Michael Walsh Medical Negligence Claims

Author:
Jodie Cook
Senior Associate, Medical Negligence Lawyer
Date:
18/02/2020

Our Medical Negligence Solicitors are currently dealing with enquiries about shoulder surgeon Michael Walsh, and are offering a free consultation for patients treated by Michael Walsh at Spire Healthcare and Nuffield in Leeds.

If you’ve had a surgical procedure performed by Michael Walsh and feel you may have a valid claim for compensation, or you have been contacted as part of the patient recall at Spire Healthcare and Nuffield in Leeds, contact our Medical Negligence Solicitors for free confidential legal advice. We can help you understand how we can help you and to put to rest your concerns about seeking compensation.

Ask if we can deal with your case on a No Win, No Fee basis.

Call us on 08002605010 or request a callback and we will help you.

How We Can Help You

Our Medical Negligence Solicitors will be happy to assess your situation, based upon the information you provide and any documents you have concerning your treatment, such as a complaint response or minutes of meetings.

We may suggest that a complaint should be made to Spire Healthcare if we feel that it would help to gain a better understanding of your treatment. We can help you to make the complaint and help you to claim compensation.

Our Medical Negligence Solicitors are highly experienced and have secured compensation settlements for our clients ranging from £8,000 to £12,000,000 – See Medical Negligence Case Studies.

Michael Walsh Unnecessary Surgery Concerns

Almost 50 patients at Spire Healthcare and Nuffield in Leeds have been recalled due to concerns about whether shoulder surgeon Michael Walsh provided acceptable or even necessary surgery.

This incident comes after emerging news about another surgeon working at the Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull, Habib Rahman, came under review, also following shoulder surgery undertaken to patients.

Mr Walsh has now been suspended, in what’s just the latest in unnecessary medical procedures to hit the headlines. Previously, Ian Paterson, a surgeon who also worked at the Spire Parkway in Solihull, was imprisoned for 15 years in 2017, a sentence later increased to 20 years, after he was found guilty of wounding with intent whilst undertaking breast surgery.

The duty of candour regulations place a legal duty on medical organisations to be open and honest, so if they have any concerns about your medical treatment, you should be notified. Should you have any concerns about your treatment, or if concerns about your treatment have been raised with you, you should contact a Medical Negligence Solicitor for legal advice.

What Should Your Doctor Do Before You Have Surgery?

Before agreeing to surgery, there’s no reason why you can’t ask your doctor to explain what tests you are having and why. If you’ve been referred for tests and get your results in a way you don’t fully understand, then ask.

Your doctor should want you to leave the appointment fully understanding what the investigation has found and what that means for your health.

They may then talk through any treatment options with you. Due to a recent legal case, your doctor should discuss with you any material risks associated with the recommended treatment and any reasonable alternative treatment.

A ‘material risk’ is a risk which a reasonable person in that particular patient's position would be likely to consider significant. You should be involved in the decision making regarding your treatment.

Once you have had your treatment, you may well be reviewed by your treating doctor again to discuss the treatment that you’ve had.

When Will a Hospital Get in Touch With Concerns?

On occasions, you may receive a letter from the hospital to confirm that your treatment is being investigated without a complaint being made. For example, you may receive a letter from the hospital to say that your treatment has been considered as part of an internal review.

This can occur after concerns have been raised by other patients or if areas of concern have been raised by other clinicians at the hospital.

Making a Complaint Yourself

You can submit your own complaint if you’re unhappy about any form of medical treatment, from concerns about shoulder surgery, to treatment of a fracture, to treatment for cancer.

Most hospitals have a Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS). You should make your complaint within 12 months of the treatment which caused you concern, or 12 months of becoming aware of that treatment, either verbally or in writing.

A complaint response in writing can be very useful because it allows you time to consider the facts determined in the investigation in your own time. You may be invited to a meeting to discuss your treatment and your complaint. If you choose to attend a meeting, you may find it helpful to take a friend or relative to support you. You may also want to ensure that notes of the meeting will be taken.

Your complaint will be investigated and you’ll be advised of the outcome of those investigations and the reasons behind it. It may be that you’re notified of steps which are being taken to change the hospital policy or procedure to prevent the same events occurring again, and you may also receive a letter of apology.

A complaint may help you to understand what’s happened regarding your treatment and why the outcome isn’t as you would’ve hoped. If you’re still unhappy with the outcome of the complaint, you should be given information about making a complaint to the ombudsman.

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